Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

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Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is the required outdoor training for all Scoutmasters,
Assistant Scoutmasters, and Varsity Scout Coaches and is know as Scoutmaster Outdoor Training.
There is also a Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders.

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Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills
Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

Outdoor skills are critical to the success of the Scouting program, and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills will provide leaders with the basic outdoor skills information needed to start a program right. The skills taught are based on the outdoor skills found in The Boy Scout Handbook. The course is also ideal for Venturing leaders because it focuses on skills that build confidence and competence in leaders conducting outdoor camping experiences.

A new Scoutmasters or Assistant Scoutmasters is considered trained upon completion of Fast Start Training, This Is Scouting (was New Leader Essentials), Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Indoor Leader Specific Training and the Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills. Troop committee members and Webelos Den Leaders who plan to move into a leadership position in a troop are encouraged to complete this training as well.

Leader Specific Training is divided into four parts. The first three parts are designed to teach troop operations and can be completed indoor in one full day or three evenings. The fourth part is completing Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills, which are the skills required for the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks. Because emphasis is placed on a leader's previous knowledge of the skill rather than course attendance, a new leader can complete this course at an accelerated pace. The emphasis is on the skill, rather than on attending the course.

The council and/or district usually offer Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills several times each year. Check with your troop, unit commissioner, district training chair, or local council service center for dates and locations.

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, No. 3640, is required for Scoutmasters or Assistant Scoutmasters to earn their Scouter's Training Award.

Local Tour Permit:
"I have in my possession a copy of the Guide to Safe Scouting, No. 34416, and have read it." _________________
  Tour leader's signature


See also

Online or classroom Leader Training

Youth Protection training (YPT) is required for all BSA registered volunteers and must be retaken every two years. Some councils and units may require more frequent (e.g., annual) retaking of YPT). Check with your local council and unit to find out what their policies are.

In addition to YPT, registered adults should complete the following courses online at

  • Before the First Meeting
  • First 30 Days
  • Position Trained

Other training opportunities: RoundtableUniversity of ScoutingTeaching EDGEpow wow

Outdoor Leader Training

In addition to fulfilling other requirements, some unit leaders need outdoor-specific training.

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